The fate reserved for Patrik Laine by Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella on Monday night caused a stir as far as Montreal.
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“If you win your battles and work as hard as you can, you’re going to be okay with ‘Wrongs’,” Canadiens forward Josh Anderson commented briefly when asked about the situation on videoconference Tuesday.
Recall that Laine fell victim to the “John Tortorella method” in a 3-2 win by the Blue Jackets over the Carolina Hurricanes. Recently acquired from the Winnipeg Jets in a trade involving Quebecer Pierre-Luc Dubois, Laine was benched in the sixth minute of the second period.
Tortorella, who did not have the best relationship with Dubois either, has a way of his own, demanding sustained effort throughout the game. The directive is clear and “Wrongs” does not hesitate to punish those who break the rule.
Was Anderson himself benched by Tortorella while he was in Columbus?
“Oh yes, several times!” Replied the Canadiens forward.